JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Junction City police continue their search for a brazen burglar who has been breaking into homes in the middle of the night and stealing things as residents sleep nearby.
The Junction City Police Department has released surveillance footage capturing the suspect making his way into a victim’s kitchen and grabbing several items before he spots the camera.
Officials say the suspect is responsible for a string of burglaries over the past month across Junction City, entering homes through unsecured windows and doors and in one case, a doggy door.
The suspect also attempted to pry the front door open in one case and fled when the alarm was activated. In another case, he was frightened off by a resident who saw the man in the backyard of their in the home in the early morning hours with a flashlight. The burglar is described as a male of unknown race wearing a baseball cap, wearing a light colored shirt, and pants and gloves. He appears to have a several day growth of facial hair and has with him a flashlight.
"We’ve had several residences broke into. In some cases, the suspect has been successful and in other cases he was not. The suspect has been scared off by some alarm systems. He makes entry into the houses through unlocked windows or doors going around into the house and stealing mostly cash. We did have one case where he did crawl through a doggy door and made entry into a house. He’s made entry between the hours of midnight and three AM. We did have one lady actually see a person in her back yard with a flashlight and she called us. When he observed her, he did run away and that was about two o’clock in the morning," explained Sergeant Trish Giordano, a detective with the Junction City Police Department.
A majority of the break-ins have occurred in the southwest portion of Junction City, south of 8th Street and west of Washington Street. Police reported burglaries on West Spruce Street and West Chestnut Street and further north and west on Oakridge Drive and Country Club Lane.
Police are very concerned about the activities of this man and his method of operation of entering occupied homes in the middle of the night. Citizens are urged to secure all their home's doors and windows as well as their cars and are asked to call 911 if any suspicious activity is observed in their neighborhood.
"We are very worried about what might happen if the resident woke up or confronted this subject and we definitely want to get him off the street as soon as possible. Citizens should definitely report any suspicious activity no matter how minor it is. We definitely want to come out there as soon as the incident occurs. Please call us with any descriptions of vehicles, clothing description, if you can get a tag number if there’s somebody driving away, feel free to call us right away. Call 911," said Giordano.
She said police cannot rule out the possibility that the suspect could be armed.
"When people are confronted, they’ll do anything they can to try to get away so the best thing for people to do is to call us and be a good witness and get as much information as possible," she added.
If you have any information on the suspect or his identity, call Detective Sergeant Trish Giordano at 785-762-5912 or Crime Stoppers at 785-762-TIPS. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.